Cactus V2s Wireless Flash Trigger Review, score 7 of 10!

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  1. lextalionis

    lextalionis TPF Noob!

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    Hey gang,
    I spent a little over 2 months determining what I wanted to wirelessly trigger my two flashes (580ex and 430ex) off my camera. Some of my options were: Pocket Wizards, Canon ST-E2, Radio Poppers, and Cactus V2s.

    I've heard nothing but good things about the PWs but I just couldn't find myself spending that amount of money for my hobby. The Canon ST-E2 would again, corner me into using only Canon gear, plus they are infrared and the signal can be blocked, Radio Poppers sound promising; however at the time of this writing the RP Jrs. are still in pre-production.

    I decided to go with the Cactus V2s system which I ordered from http://www.gadgetinfinity.com I ordered the TX/Rcvr pair and an additional Rcvr for $60 shipped to my door from Kowloon, China.

    Here are 4 YouTube videos describing my initial thoughts and showing the weaknesses and how to overcome them. I will immediately state that I DO NOT recommend the Cactus V2s Wirless Flash Trigger System for ANY paid/professional photographic session. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) I only give these devices a 7. Last important note is that this is a biased review solely because I have zero experience with any other wireless flash trigger system.

    Four videos and total running time 26 minutes (no forum YouTube embed tags?):

    Video 1 of 4
    http://www.youtube.com/v/m5hTyVLYNZg&hl=en

    Video 2 of 4
    http://www.youtube.com/v/BkLsoYy27aY&hl=en

    Video 3 of 4
    http://www.youtube.com/v/VXyA8z-ddFI&hl=en

    Video 4 of 4
    http://www.youtube.com/v/66rakiy2aWE&hl=en

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    -Roy
     
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    dylj TPF Noob!

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    Thanks, this was very helpful.
     
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    My experience of the V1s was poor. I gather flashzebra tried the V2s and founr 20% were DOA.
     
  4. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I bought 1 trigger and 3 receivers. One receiver was DOA but after realigning the battery contact it has worked fine since.

    The only misfires I have encountered have been due to out running the flashes attached. (recycle time)
     
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    thanks for that

    hadnt realised this mod before!

    shall try it when i get mine!
     

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